What is Matcha Green Tea Powder?
Matcha Green Tea Powder is taken from the nutrient rich leaves of shade grown Camellia Sinensis plants. They are slowly grown and carefully tended, then steamed, stemmed and dried before being stone ground into a fine powder. The tea Powder is stored away from light and oxygen to preserve its colour, flavour and nutrients. This natural drink contains high levels of the key active compounds; polyphenols, catechins and epigallocatechin gallate (ECGC). It is more powerful than regular green tea because it is shade grown and the whole leaves are consumed rather than just the steeped water. Legend has it that the ancient Chinese emperor and inventor of Chinese medicine, Shennong, was the first to discover the pleasant flavour and medicinal properties of green tea. This precious drink has been part of Chinese culture for almost 5000 years and is valued for its benefits to the mind and body.
How can Matcha Green Tea Powder benefit my training and diet?
GoNutrition’s Matcha Green Tea Powder is extremely high in antioxidants, specifically catechins such as EGCG that are believed to have anti-carcinogenic properties.
Matcha Green Tea also contains L-theanine - an amino acid which is able to cross the blood-brain barrier and aid relaxation, along with a generous amount of soluble and insoluble fibre.
A healthier pick me up than coffee, Matcha Green Tea Powder is used by many people seeking a natural energy boost. All varieties of green tea are currently receiving attention from the scientific community due to their potential to increase metabolic rate and rates of fat oxidation, they are gaining popularity with athletes due to this reason. Increased rates of fat oxidation would help to preserve glycogen stores whilst completing exercise, which would be especially useful for endurance athletes. Regular green tea consumption is also associated with increased energy levels, improved blood pressure, improved insulin sensitivity, reduced total cholesterol and low density lipoprotein levels and an increased antioxidant capacity. Tea polyphenols are particularly strong antioxidants, EGCG has been proved to be more effective at neutralising free radicals than vitamins A, C and E GoNutrition ™ Matcha Green Tea Powder contains higher levels of polyphenols, catechins and EGCG than regular green tea. EGCG accounts for 60% of the total catechins in our Matcha.
Who is Matcha Green Tea Powder suitable for?
Our Matcha Green tea is suitable for anyone who wants a supplement to aid a healthy lifestyle. Its antioxidants and nutrients mean that it can be enjoyed at any time and added to a wide range of smoothies and drinks. It has also recently become a popular ingredient in recipes, the Matcha gives a characteristic yellow-green colour to the food.
How do I prepare Matcha Green Tea Powder?
Matcha Green Tea Powder can be prepared however you prefer and added to any food or drinks. The traditional way is to add around a teaspoon of Matcha Green Tea Powder to hot (not boiling) water, then whisk or stir well. If you prefer you can sieve the powder first to ensure an even dissolution.
It can be drunk in water or added into smoothies, juices or lattes. It’s excellent with a little honey or added sweetness and can also be used to flavour cakes, tempura and desserts such as ice cream. Green tea is becoming very popular amongst modern chefs and has been used in a range of interesting ways.